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Love lockdown! Valentine’s Day takeaways

Nothing says 'I love you' like an slap-up meal neither of you have had to prepare. Here are 10 of the best takeaways in Berkshire for your lockdown love-in.

Caldesi in Campagna, Bray

Vine riped tomatoes draped across a piece of fish on top of beans popping out from the white plate – Caldesi in Campagna

Italians know a thing or two about romance, so a flirty five courses from Bray’s Caldesi in Campagna should get you into the swing of things on Valentine’s Day. Giancarlo’s created a menu that you is luxurious, indulgent but really easy for you to reheat at home. Loosen your waistband you won’t wan to pass on any of it – kick off with caviar blinis amuse bouche, followed bu a Tiger prawn cocktail starter and sliding into the pasta course for seafood ravioli lobster bisque. There are a choice of two main – sea bass or duck and you round things off with a gooey chocolate fondant for pud. Cost: £70pp. Pre-order by calling: 01628 788500 or email campagna@caldesi.com.

Dinner by Heston at Home, Nationwide

Heston Blumenthal famous MeatFruit Dish this restaurant Dinner toasted bread on a wooden board

Looking for a date night dinner at home that’s seriously special? Well, grab that gilded fork and tuck in your starched napkin, Heston’s two Michelin star restaurant Dinner is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park with an at-home Valentine’s five-course feast that will help set the mood. There are three menus to choose from featuring including the famous Meat Feast (above) available for collection and delivery from 12-14 Feb. The price, ummm., £140 per head.

Roasted by Jack and Scott, Nationwide

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, so if you have a hankering for a roast dinner try one from Michelin-trained chefs Jack Blumenthal (yes, Heston’s son – can you see the resemblance?) and Scott Perkins. They do 90% of the cooking, all you have to do is reheat (read the Muddy review here). Alternatively the duo have a special Valentine’s Day menu on offer with a whopping five courses of ravioli, Heston inspired roasted scallops, steak and dauphinoise, chocolate bomb pudding and petit fours. No doubt it will be delicious – the apple doesn’t fall far from the Blumenthal tree! Roasts £28.50, Valentine’s menu £120 for two. Nationwide delivery.

L’Ortolan, Reading

L'Ortolan Head Chef Tom Clarke's raspberry pudding on a handmade grey plate

Fancy a date night for two that feels like you’re at a posh restaurant? Get your glad rags on (with slippers, obvs) and settle in for Michelin star meal from L’Ortolan (read the Muddy review). It has been offering heat at home hampers throughout the pandemic – and they’re the epitome of a posh takeaway. For Valentine’s Day they’re throwing everything but a diamond ring at it. There are Silver, Gold and Platinum hampers available for collection or delivery. Go Platinum (delivery only) and you get five courses including scallops, beef Wellington and a strawberry and Prosecco trifle, plus candles, rose and a bottle of Champagne – all for £200 for two people. The Silver Hamper is £120 for two and the Gold £150. Simply order online.

Five Bells, Wickham

Five bells wickham apple crumble

Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, which under normal circumstances would have given you the perfect excuse to spend the day in a gorgeous country pub, while slowly getting sozzled while gazing into each other’s eyes. Sadly, not this year, but Chef Duncan of the Five Bells in Wickham (read the Muddy review here) can certainly help you out on the food with an at-home box that includes a sharing starter to accompany a veggie or beef Wellington and twerking vanilla panna cotta. Veg option £30 and beef £40. Email your order to hello@fivebellswickham.co.uk by 10 Feb.

Mire Poix, Windsor

We love a lockdown business venture and Windsor’s Chef Dom Auger (sous chef at hip London restaurant Scully St James’s) is as tasty as they come. There are two menus for V Day: Pasta for two (£41.50) – garlic bread, ragu and tiramisu (lady and the tramp style) and a luxury menu with cured salmon, Iberico pork belly and chocolate and olive oil Ganache and ganache for £91.50. Order online for delivery in Windsor and Ascot.

The Corn Stores, Reading

Sliced sirloin steak with salad and roasted tomatoes on vine Corn Stores Reading

All the fuss about clean eating and vegan this-and-that driving you insane? Get your chops around the unashamedly meaty feast from The Corn Stores in Reading. They’re offering a six-course V Day box from their lockdown establishment The Dine Inn (gettit?). Once you’ve collected the goods you just need to do finish off the dishes at home. Expect to see duck liver parfait tart, turbot, beef fillet and chocolate fondant. £130 for two. Order by 5pm on 9 Feb. Collection only.

The Funghi Club, Hungerford

grilled lobster steak
grilled lobster steak with lemon

Fancy a culinary a trip to France? Putting the ooh la la into Valentine’s Day (French knickers options) is The Funghi Club in Hungerford. It offers a totally indulgent French takeaway menu, served cold for you to ‘heat and eat’. Nothing takes more than 15 mins so just pop the oven on to warm while you enjoy an aperitif. Wildly popular locally – reports are excellent. Collect from Hungerford Park or delivery is available between Marlborough and Slough.

Wellington Farm Shop, Hook

Wellington Farm Shop Valentine's Day

Looking for something special yet sustainable? Wellington Farm Shop is all about keeping food miles low without compromising on quality. During lockdown they set up an online shop to help people order fresh produce and groceries without needing to step foot in a supermarket. The Valentine’s Dinner Box is a crowd pleaser – pate, Beef Wellington and sticky toffee pud are all on the menu. Simply choose two or three courses, add a bottle of red (need you asK?) and you’re good to go. From £45 for two. Pre-order online and collect in store. Final orders 11 Feb.


Dirty Bones
, Nationwide

Hot and saucy! Dirty Bones (found on the rooftop of Westgate Oxford) has collaborated with Sauce Shop and Ketel One Vodka to create a smokin’ hot, limited edition brunch kit for V Day to rustle up at home. The DIY box includes short rib crumpets, skinny fries, Sauce Shop’s Habenero sauce and award-winning ketchup, plus a Ketel One Dirty Mary with Dirty Bones’ signature Pringle rim (yes, really). £37 for two. Nationwide delivery.

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